Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) is an indigenous health care organization with 20 hospitals and 42 community health and development projects. Delhi, with a large migrant population, is considered a highly vulnerable state for HIV/AIDS. It is estimated that there are approximately 50,000 people living with HIV/AIDs (PLWHAs) in the city (HIV/AIDS scenario in Delhi – Statistics by the Government of India, 2007).
Through its Medical Care Program, Shalom runs a Health Centre which has an out-patient clinic, a 10 bed in-patient ward and a laboratory for basic investigations. This is staffed by 2 doctors, 6 nurses, and a lab technician. The Goal is to improve the quality of life of People living with HIV/AIDS in Delhi by providing access to compassionate, good quality and affordable medical care.
- Health Education of patients and their care-givers providing knowledge about the illness, what needs to be done for optimal health and adherence to medication.
- Provision of out-patient and in-patient medical and nursing care by qualified professionals for symptom control and management of infections, nutritional deficiencies, management of side effects and initiation of antiretroviral therapy for PLWHAs.
- Emotional support and counselling for patients and their care-givers to help them cope with their circumstances and build resilience.
- Making and communicating a follow-up treatment plan for patients at the time of discharge from the ward.
- Networking with other organizations working with PLWHAs or high risk groups for patient referral to the Health Centre.
- Good quality medical care is provided during at least 1000 out-patient visits and 300 in-patient admissions of people with HIV/Aids in one year.
- At least 80% of the patients who are admitted in the ward have improved health at the time of discharge, and have received health education / counselling, emotional support and follow up treatment plan during their hospital stay.